Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Hail Storm driving tips

How To: Drive in a Hail Storm

If you’ve ever gotten caught driving in a dangerous storm, then you know firsthand just how scary it can be. One way to decrease fear is to always be prepared, which is why our team here at Western Slope Auto is going to share a video sharing tips on what to do if you’re ever caught driving in a hail storm. Although it doesn’t happen too often here in Grand Junction, hail can come at any time regardless of where you are. Let’s highlight some ways to increase safety in the event of a hail storm. Read the rest of this entry >>

Sedan covered in snow

Should I let my car warm up before driving in the cold weather?

Letting Cars Warm Up in the Cold Weather

The long-held notion that vehicles need to be left idling for a certain amount of time before driving in the cold is actually no longer relevant—in fact, warming up your car before heading out on a cold, winter day only harms your vehicle’s engine. In reality, your vehicle only needs to run for about 30 seconds-1 minute before driving, which gives you time to clear off the windshield. Continue reading for more information about how the practice of letting cars warm up in the cold weather came to be, and why it’s no longer necessary.

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Car Floor Mat

How do I get gum out of my vehicle’s floor mats?

How to remove gum from car floor mats

Let’s face it–car floor mats are a lifesaver. They help protect the original carpeting in our vehicles by collecting all of the dirt and grime that transfers from our shoes, our pets, our gear, etc., and it doesn’t take long for them to get pretty darn filthy. It’s easy to vacuum up loose debris, but what about pesky, sticky gum? Ford Motor Company put together a quick how-to video displaying how to remove gum from car floor mats, and we’ve included it below.

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how to adjust outside mirrors in 2016 Ford Explorer

How to adjust outside mirrors in 2016 Ford Explorer

One of the most important aspects for safe driving is making sure your mirrors are adjusted correctly. You want to move your rearview and outside mirrors in such a way so you can see as many of your vehicle’s surrounding as possible. When you learn how to adjust the outside mirrors in your 2016 Ford Explorer, you will be able to reduce your blind spots and take advantage of greater visibility. Read the rest of this entry >>

test drive at Western Slope Auto in Grand Junction, CO

Get the Most from Your Test Drive

Test Driving Tips

If you’re in the market for a new car, it can be intimidating to head to the your nearest dealership and ask for a test drive. At Western Slope Auto we want you to feel comfortable when you walk on our lot, and as such have come up with a few test driving tips to serve as a guide in finding your next vehicle. As one of the larger purchases you will make in your life, our friendly staff dedicates their efforts to customer service and helping you find the car for your needs.
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2016 Ford SYNC Western Slope Auto Grand Junction CO

Ford SYNC Phone Pairing

How to Pair Phones with Ford SYNC?

Every car making company now has its own version of hands-free technologies that allow drivers to use their mobile devices in the car. Each make’s version then has its own methods of using that mobile device including how a device is connected to the car’s system. The 2016 Ford models use Ford SYNC as their media system for driving convenience. To help you pair your phone with Ford SYNC, we’re going to take you through the connection process step by step. Read the rest of this entry >>

Good sedans for winter driving 2015

Sedans That Handle Well in the Snow

It’s not exactly a secret that you can find a lot of great winter-ready options if you’re looking in the crossover, SUV, and pickup markets. Automakers compete to bring the most advanced traction control systems around, leaving truck and utility vehicle drivers dizzy with options.

But the fact is, not everyone who lives in wintry climates is also going to want an SUV or pickup truck. While ideal for some drivers, many of us are really only interested in a sedan. Whether it’s to maximize fuel economy, garage space, or we just plain old prefer driving a car to something bigger and don’t need all that space, it’s important to find a sedan that will handle well in the snow if that’s the body style we’re most interested in here in Colorado. We hope this list of available models here at Western Slope Auto will give you a good jumping off point to finding what you need: Read the rest of this entry >>

Best Winter Accessories for Ford F-150

Best Winter Accessories for Ford F-150

Your Ford F-150 is certainly cut out for winter –  it’s rugged, ready, and might even be a 4×4. But it might not have everything you need to make your life on the road during these colder months as optimal as it could be –  and yes, we’re talking about accessories. What are some of the add-ons that you can get for your F-150 pickup that’ll help you brave the Colorado winter even better? Here are some of our suggestions for the best winter accessories for Ford F-150: Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Prepare your Ford Mustang for Winter

How to Prepare your Ford Mustang for Winter

Sure, you could store your Mustang this winter. But that would take a lot of the fun out of… you know, owning a Mustang! Our suggestion: keep that pony on the road. But first, we’ll help you with some tips for how to get your Mustang ready for winter. With these tips, you’ll save a safer winter without having to go through all the hassle of storage and not having your favorite car for an entire season. Read the rest of this entry >>

Safe Used Cars for Teen Drivers in Grand Junction CO

Safe Used Cars for Teen Drivers in Grand Junction CO

There are many challenges to being the parent of a teen driver. Your nerves are likely shot from slamming down on your imaginary brake pedal, and the whole not-knowing exactly where your child is at all times can be hard to get used to, to say the least.

Then there’s the issue your teen is probably most prone to bring up while you’re doing all the major hand-wringing: his or her own set of wheels. If that’s something you’re actively looking for together, then you know the whole safe-AND-affordable line is a tough one to walk. Luckily, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issues an annual list of recommended used vehicles that meet both safety and affordability standards for a wide variety of families. This year’s list is in, and we’ve got a ton of safe used cars for teen drivers in Grand Junction CO right here at Western Slope Auto. Let’s see some of the Ford, Lincoln, and Toyota models that made the IIHS recommendation list:  Read the rest of this entry >>